Peter Kafka

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Instagram Aside, Facebook Spent $87 Million on M&A in 2012

Facebook’s Instagram buy got all the attention, but the social network made a few smaller deals, too: It spent $87 million on other M&A deals during 2012, according to documents filed today. That number doesn’t include stock-based compensation, so you can ratchet it up a bit. Excluding its Motorola deal, Google spent $1.2 billion on its 2012 M&A.


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work